There is no question that the traffic violation that New Yorkers despise the most is the parking ticket. These citations often seem to come out of nowhere and can quickly add up, creating a potential financial and legal nightmare. Adding to this hatred is the belief of many people that parking tickets are now being issued in far greater numbers to make up for the city's dwindling cash reserves.
This past Monday, you may have encountered a somewhat surprising advertisement in the New York Daily News from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association -- the city's police officers union -- criticizing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for the department's stance on traffic violations.
In recent developments, it appears as if the campaign by state lawmakers to crack down on those convicted of DUI is continuing in full force in Albany.
If your travels take you to different parts of the city, you may feel as if you are more likely to get a certain type of traffic violation in one neighborhood than you are in another. Interestingly, recently released data from the New York Police Department sheds some light on this topic, revealing the most common citations issued in New York City neighborhoods thus far in 2012.
As you traverse the streets here in New York City, you will undoubtedly encounter many familiar sights including speeding cars, taxis, bicyclists and, of course, discount bus carriers transporting people to major cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
The rapper Joe Budden was arrested late last month for an unpaid traffic ticket. He was about to take the stage at a sold out concert, when the police walked in and arrested him. He allegedly didn't pay the $75 ticket from 2007.
Back in February, our blog discussed how safety advocates, concerned citizens and city officials all packed a joint meeting of the City Council's Transportation and Public Safety Committees to discuss such important matters as reckless driving/speeding and the adequacy of current efforts to combat speeding-related fatalities.
If asked to name the days in which Americans are most likely to violate vehicle traffic laws or become involved in a fatal car crash, many people would likely cite the Super Bowl -- because of increased alcohol consumption -- Thanksgiving -- because of increased traffic on the road -- or Christmas -- because of increased chances of inclement weather.
Over the past year, the Department of Transportation has been making a concerted effort to crack down on certain dangerous and illegal driving practices by New Yorkers, including texting while driving, drunk driving and even driving with tinted windows. To date, these enforcement efforts have been successful, very likely contributing to the record low in traffic fatalities reached in 2011. However, some safety advocates are now arguing that these stepped up enforcement efforts have somehow managed to overlook a major cause of many serious and fatal accidents -- speeding.
Last May, our blog discussed how one of the more prominent law enforcement agencies in all of New York City -- the Bronx District Attorney's Office -- was under fire for perhaps providing favorable treatment to a fellow prosecutor who was arrested for DUI.